Lionel Messi also hit out at Barca president Joan Laporta for “inappropriate” comments on expecting the forward would agree to play free of charge at the Nou Camp in the middle of the club’s inability to offer him a new contract because of continuing financial problems; Messi’s PSG contract expires in summer of 2023
The 34-year-old terminated his 21-year bond with the Catalonia club in the summer with Barca inadequate to offer him a new contract amid continuing financial difficulties, and Messi said adieu in an emotional press conference prior to joining PSG on a two-year deal.
When asked whether his next career move will be a return to Barca in the summer of 2023, Messi told Spanish outlet SPORT: “I don’t know if that’ll happen when my PSG contract is up. What’s almost confirmed and certain is that we’ll return to Barcelona to live and our lives will be there.
“That’s what my wife and I want. I don’t know what’ll happen when my PSG contract ends, but we’ll go back to live in Barcelona.
“I’ve always said I’d love to be able to help the club do well in any way that I can be useful. I’d love to be a technical director at some point.
“I don’t know if that’ll be at Barcelona or if it might work out differently.
“If the option is there, I’d love to contribute again in any way that I can because it’s the club that I love and I’d love it to keep doing well, growing and remain one of the best in the world.”